'''Northern Illinois University''' ('''NIU''') is a Public university|public research university
in DeKalb, Illinois
, United States, with satellite centers in Chicago, Illinois|Chicago
, Hoffman Estates, Illinois|Hoffman Estates
, Naperville, Illinois|Naperville
, Rockford, Illinois|Rockford
, and Oregon, Illinois|Oregon
. It was founded as ''Northern Illinois State Normal School'' on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld
as part of an expansion of the state's system for producing college-educated teachers. Douglas Baker was named the university's twelfth president in May 2013.
The university is composed of seven Academic degree|degree-granting colleges
and has a student body of 25,000 with over 240,000 alumni. Many of NIU's programs are Higher education accreditation|nationally accredited
for meeting high standards of academic quality, including business, engineering, nursing,...